Near-mint condition 2004 Guild X-700 Stuart BB! Made in Fender's California Custom Shop under Benedetto's direction. All-solid-wood, hand-carved archtop in sunburst finish. Includes original hardshell case and certificate of authenticity.
Official description from Guild's website:
Body size at lower bout: 17" Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut width: 1 11/16" Body depth: 3"
Materials: Solid carved bookmatched European bearclaw spruce top, solid carved tiger flame maple back, sides and neck; solid ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl/abalone V-block inlay; pearl peghead inlay; 12 ply body binding, 7 ply fingerboard and headstock binding, 5 ply bound f-holes.
Hardware: hand-engraved gold tailpiece; compensated ebony bridge; gold Grover Rotomatic tuners; beveled art deco stairstep pickguard; gold A-6 Benedetto humbucking pickups; tone and volume controls for each pickup, master volume and 3 way pickup selector switch on cutaway horn.
Notes: Through his writing, designs and peerless craftsmanship, legendary luthier Bob Benedetto is unquestionably the most influential archtop builder in the world. And the Gibson L-5CES is the most iconic electric jazz guitar ever made. But among Benedetto's superlative lineup of top-flight guitars you can search in vain for an equivalent instrument. So here's a bit of inside baseball: once upon a time Bob did make an all carved, 17" twin pickup guitar. But only a very few, and only for a very brief period of time. It's called the Stuart.
The Benedetto Guild X-700 Stuart draws inspiration from the most iconic designs of archtop history. Like its Gibson counterpart, the Stuart is carved of all solid tonewoods, with a 17" full depth Venetian cutaway body, long scale solid ebony fingerboard, twin built-in humbucking pickups, deluxe multiply binding and gold hardware throughout. From Epiphone's Emperor, the Stuart adapted the abalone/pearl V-block fingerboard inlay. And another New Yorker, name of D'Angelico, supplied inspiration for the formal bound art-deco pickguard.
This gleaming example is one of the very few built during this model's fleeting existence. Built with a solid carved Euro spruce soundboard, this gleaming example has the effortless Bendetto gentle D neck profile, and with twin built-in humbuckers is substantially more feedback resistant than models with traditional floating pickups. This guitar has highly figured solid carved maple in the back, sides and neck, and a full length 25 1/2" scale. (Though similar in appointments, the Stuart should not be confused with the Westerly Guild X-700 model, which was built with laminate back and sides, and a short scale neck.)
Original faux-alligator case. At this writing, Bob's all-carved guitars start at $10,000 and can run to over $40,000. And unfortunately, he no longer produces a twin pickup 17" carved guitar. With Benedetto quality, L-5 features, and very high scarcity factor, the Stuart is an exceptional find for the serious player looking for hand built quality in a true carved top jazz box!
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